Anya Kamenetz

Why Teachers Say Practicing Mindfulness Is Transforming The Work

Garrison Institute looks a little like Hogwarts. The retreat center is housed in a former monastery amid tranquil green hills overlooking the Hudson River, 60 miles north and a world away from New York City.
Inside the airy chapel on a recent summer afternoon, about 35 educators from the U.S. and at least five foreign countries are seated quietly, shoes off.

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The Connections Between Computer Use and Learning Outcomes in Students

A group of recent studies on technology in education, across a wide range of real-world settings, have come up far short of a ringing endorsement.
The studies include research on K-12 schools and higher ed, both blended learning and online, and show results ranging from mixed to negative. A deeper look into these reports gives a sense that, even as computers become ubiquitous in classrooms, there’s a lot we still don’t know — or at least that we’re not doing to make them effective tools for learning.
First, a quick overview of the studies and their results:

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How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science

“Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?”
When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a “Just because.” You can explain: “Red is for stop and green is for go.” Or, you can turn the question back to her and help her figure out the answer with plenty of encouragement.

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What’s At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data?

Have you ever seen a school data wall?
In a struggling Newark, N.J., public school, I’ve seen bulletin boards showing the test scores of each grade compared with state averages. And in one in affluent Silicon Valley, I’ve seen smartboards that track individual students’ math responses in real time.
These kinds of public displays send a message: This school cares about student performance by the numbers.

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When Students Have Cash Rewards For Tests, What Gets Left Out?

Let’s pretend I asked you to run a mile as fast as you can.
Now let’s pretend I asked you to run a mile as fast as you can, and if you broke nine minutes, you’d get $90.
Which mile do you think would be faster?
A new study suggests that students taking a test behave like you or me: They do better with a little incentive. Dollars and cents, that is.

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Data Reveals How Some College Students Sleep

Sleep has a big impact on learning. And not just when you do it in class. Sleep deprivation affects memory, cognition and motivation, and the effects are compounded when it’s long-term.

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Does Algebra Get in the Way of Student Success?

Hear that change jingling in my pocket? Good. I have two little questions for you.

  1. I have a quarter, a dime and a nickel. How much money DO I have?
  2. I have three coins. How much money COULD I have?

The first question is a basic arithmetic problem with one and only one right answer. You might find it on a multiple-choice test.

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With the Right Technology, Can Children Teach Themselves?

A non-profit is offering a $15 million dollar prize to the private technology company that can develop a free, open-source scaleable software that children around the world can use to teach...

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What Do Schools Risk By Going ‘Full Google’?

Google launches new tools for teachers and expands its brand among students.

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Could Video Games Measure Skills That Tests Can’t Capture?

Researchers are experimenting with playable tests capable of capturing learning in action.

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